Barbell JM Bench Press

Barbell JM Bench Press

The Barbell JM Bench Press is a compound exercise that primarily targets the muscles of the chest, shoulders, and triceps. It is named after Coach John Meadows, a renowned bodybuilding coach known for his innovative training techniques. This variation of the bench press adds an extra challenge to the standard movement, making it more effective in building upper body strength and muscle mass. To perform the Barbell JM Bench Press, you will need a barbell and a bench. Start by lying flat on the bench with your feet planted firmly on the ground. Position your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart on the barbell, ensuring a strong grip. Lower the barbell to your chest, maintaining control and a slight pause at the bottom before explosively pushing it back up to the starting position. What sets the Barbell JM Bench Press apart from regular bench presses is the technique. It incorporates a slight flair of the elbows to put more emphasis on the chest muscles and reduce strain on the shoulders. However, it's crucial to maintain proper form and avoid excessive flaring, as this can lead to injury. Be sure to warm up adequately, start with lighter weights, and gradually increase the load as you gain strength and confidence in your technique. Including the Barbell JM Bench Press in your workout routine can help you build a thicker and more defined chest, as well as stronger triceps and shoulders. Remember to listen to your body, take adequate rest days between workouts, and fuel yourself with a balanced diet to support your fitness goals.


  • Position yourself on a flat bench with your feet firmly on the ground.
  • Grasp the barbell with a shoulder-width grip and lift it off the rack, holding it directly above your chest with your arms extended.
  • Lower the barbell to your chest in a controlled manner, keeping your elbows tucked close to your body and your back flat against the bench.
  • Pause for a moment when the barbell touches your chest.
  • Push the barbell back up to the starting position, fully extending your arms.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.
  • Remember to maintain proper form throughout the exercise, engaging your chest, shoulders, and triceps.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on proper form and technique to maximize muscle activation and prevent injury.
  • Increase the weight gradually to progressively overload the muscles and promote strength development.
  • Ensure a full range of motion by lowering the barbell until it touches your chest, and then pressing it back up to full arm extension.
  • Incorporate variations like close-grip bench press or incline bench press to target different muscle groups and prevent muscle imbalances.
  • Maintain a controlled and steady tempo throughout the exercise, avoiding any sudden movements or bouncing the barbell off your chest.
  • Engage your core muscles by bracing your abs and maintaining a stable spine position throughout the movement.
  • Breathe properly by exhaling as you press the barbell away from your chest and inhaling as you lower it down.
  • Balance your training program by including other upper body and lower body exercises to promote overall strength and muscle development.
  • Allow sufficient rest and recovery between workouts to allow the muscles to repair and grow.
  • Follow a balanced diet that includes adequate protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats to support muscle growth and recovery.


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